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October 07, 2014 2 min read

There is no formula to make you a perfect parent, but reading fun and creative books keeps you informed about things you didn’t think of yourself. Choosing nursery bedding or kid’s playroom furniture is easy, but when it comes to parenting, everybody needs extra guidance. Here are some outside-of-the-box parenting books that will make you think.

Ellen Galinsky’s – Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs

It is an exceptional book about parenting. Issues addressed in the book are not new, but there are a lot of good parenting practices with explanations why those practices are effective. The book uses real life examples, which are supported with academic research.

Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman’s – NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children

This is a life-changing book! Bronson and Merryman poke in previously accepted academic theories in child development. There is a wide age range covered – your child’s development from baby blankets to teen problems. The chapters cover false praise, sleep and lying, sibling rivalry, teen rebellion and much more. It is a well-written and researched book.

Eileen Kennedy Moore and Mark S Lowenthal’s – Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential

It is a highly helpful book – telling parents to resist giving pointers to their children (such as: shut up and listen, etc). You will read a lot of exciting chapters about temperament, cooperation, joy and everything you need to know.

Mariah Bruehl’s – Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder

This former teacher managed to make playing and learning accessible to parents at home with their children. It is very helpful and easy-to-read book.

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff’s – Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn – and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less

Every parent who is about to put their child into preschool should read this amazing book. The book shows the importance of learning by play. It is essential for the child’s development to learn all the skills through play.

Jane M. Healy’s – Different Learners: Identifying, Preventing, and Treating Your Child’s Learning Problems

It is a very informative book, synthesizing latest brain research for better understanding of all learning issues. The book teaches parents if issues are genetically based or triggered, and how to overcome learning problems.

Cynthia L. Copeland’s – Fun On the Run

Every parent should keep this book in their pockets because it contains creative ideas for things to do anywhere – at the doctor’s office, in the car, in restaurants, etc.

Great mommies read creative information and make the best use of them!

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